Tom Jackson bass clarinet

Photo by Neil Sloman

Photo by Stephen Crowe

Photo by Stephen Crowe









Tom Jackson is a clarinettist and saxophonist active in London and Europe, largely dedicated to the fields of contemporary classical music and free improvisation. He maintains an extensive and eclectic performance schedule and has performed throughout Europe, Australia and Hong Kong.

Tom has performed as principal clarinet with many orchestras including New London Sinfonia and British Sinfonietta and National Chamber Orchestra of Wales. He has worked with various contemporary chamber groups such as Apartment House, Lontano, Plus-Minus and Cardiff New Music Collective, which he co-founded. He is an active session musician, playing for albums and live shows. He has recently completed a PhD at Canterbury Christ Church University entitled “A practice-based investigation of the clarinet through free improvisation”.

Tom is vastly experienced in teaching all ages and is regularly consulted on the publication of pedagogical material. He is currently preparing four books of etudes for clarinet and saxophone for 360 Music. He is the recording artist for Schott’s Romantic Clarinet and Klezmer Clarinet series.

“…evidenced awareness of both Eddie Daniels and Peter Brötzmann adding precision and a raw grain at different times…” LondonJazz

“No man can listen and remain unmoved at such delicious sounds; barking, crying, hooting and issuing many a plaintive mew, both raising dreadfull clamours to the skies.” Ed Pinsent

“Extraordinary performer.” Cambridge City Opera

“Rapt audience as Slapdash move beyond traditional rules in their wild exploration of gestural significance. Great synergy and sense of contrast between frenetic, urgent passages and music poised on the edge of shape.” Sounds New Festival 2014